Deepen your knowledge of developmental parameters, identify your generative confusions, and lead yourself into maturity.


Continue your STAGES Matrix education with Terri O’Fallon’s 4 week course: Developmental Gifts & Confusions.

Confusions don’t mean something is wrong, but rather something is right. You're meeting your developmental edge.


Self-development is about finding out who we are and understanding how we change.

Change can feel uncomfortable, uncontrolled, confusing, and frustrating. On the other hand, sometimes we feel completely frozen or circling in an endless loop. These are often a part of the developmental journey, and understanding more about these common disorientations can ease the stresses of growing into our potential. We learn from life’s challenges and opportunities.

As you discovered in our course The Three Questions, the development of perspectives involves three parameters that reveal repeating patterns over 12 levels. Changing one or more of these parameters creates a transformation of oneself. The sometimes turbulent processes that propel us from each level to the next are just as important as the levels themselves. Sometimes these transitions occur so gradually we hardly know they are happening, while other times they’re brought on by a sudden life event like a birth, marriage, divorce, or ill health.


Experiences of questioning, dissonance, loss, openness, insight, and penetrating self-reflection can all occur at each developmental transition, as we leave one worldview behind to open to a new perspective.

We call this course Developmental Gifts & Confusions because periods of disorientation and even turmoil are symptoms of a perspective transformation.


Understanding these dynamics can support self-acceptance and acceptance of those around us as we transform.

Transformations are deeply experiential, personal, and often unpredictable. We can’t force a transformation, but we can learn to recognize the shifts in our experience when they happen. We can befriend, normalize and recognize the signs of positive change, even when they don’t feel positive. We can infuse these times with more patience, wisdom, and lightheartedness.

What is involved in taking this next step?

The Developmental Gifts & Confusions course

  • A 4-week self-paced course including live Q&A sessions, video presentations, manual, workbook, and an optional assessment. 
  • Q&A sessions are monthly drop-ins.
  • Optional add-on STAGES short (Basic) assessment: (16-items, generic report, no debrief)— invaluable to apply the material to your own context.
  • Note: if you want a Comprehensive assessment (36-stem, personalized report, and debrief session,) purchase this course without the assessment and visit our Assessments page to purchase the Comprehensive assessment. 



As a follow-on from the introductory course, The Three Questions, the Developmental Gifts & Confusions course is designed to teach about the more detailed dynamics of developmental growth—caused by the shifting of the three parameters from each perspectival stage to the next. It illustrates how the change in the three parameters brings about those confusing times when you might feel you’re “not enough” or don’t belong, in self-doubt, or feel somehow broken, wrong, inept, or lost. Understanding the deeper nature of these periods can help one relax and discover that something is right underneath it all. 

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How will this course help you?

The Developmental Gifts & Confusions course takes us to a deeper level of granularity and looks at the dynamics of change to help us understand common patterns within and between each level. This can pave the way for peace, clarity, acceptance, and wisdom—about ourselves, our world, and our relationships. It's designed to help you see a path forward through the cycles of transformation and provide some insight into the beauty through this confusing process. Hopefully, it will bring wonder and an opportunity to relax during the process and give you a more in-depth understanding of the developmental perspectives, so you can begin to apply your learnings, make peace with the stage you are at and understand that your confusions are normal and positive.

 Developmental Gifts & Confusions is the second course in our curriculum that increasingly evolves understanding and application of the STAGES matrix, delivering many aspects of this elaborate theory in a manageable and easy to digest format. After its completion, you will be ready for more advanced courses that provide additional practice, detailed examples, and personalized instruction, such as the Mind's I course.

What's included?

  • Over 4.5 hours of video content, exploring all developmental levels

  • A 64 page Course Manual for use alongside the on-demand video content.

  • A 22-page application notebook, so you can apply all that you have learned. It offers a chance for reflection, allowing you to cement your learning.

  • Optional add-on: A short-form (Basic) developmental assessment (16-items; gives core, leading, and trailing stages; no personalized comments or debrief)

In the Developmental Gifts & Confusions course, we will go through all developmental levels: the 4 Concrete levels (1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5), the 4 Subtle levels (3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5) and the 4 MetaAware levels (5.0, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5).

We’ll define your perspective and what it means by using the parameters. Then we begin each developmental stage to understand what confusion comes up at that developmental level. We will see how that confusion is cleared up by exploring each developmental level. We will begin with the importance of the senses, allowing you to see how those senses grow up.

If you’re ready to deepen your understanding of the Developmental Gifts & Confusions and other micro-phases of development, click the button below to sign up for $199.

Who should take this course?

This course is available to those who have completed the introductory course, The Three Questions, or those already a part of Terri’s community and have received equivalent training.

If you haven’t completed The Three Questions course, click here to find out more.

This is a self-paced self-learning course. We help you spot healthy or natural confusions on the developmental journey. It does not include content or advice about “shadow work” or psychological trauma, which can take the form of unhealthy confusions. STAGES International and our affiliated partners will be offering in-depth courses related to this deeper work later in the year. Stay tuned!


About Terri O’Fallon

Terri O’Fallon is a researcher, teacher, coach, spiritual director, and designer of transformative containers committed to ongoing research on the integral STAGES developmental model.

Terri is a founder of STAGES International, which creates programs based on the STAGES model. Terri holds a master’s degree in Special Education in Spiritual direction and an Integral Ph.D. in Transformative Learning and Change. She is internationally recognized as a leader in developmental theory and has taught classes and given conference presentations on the STAGES model worldwide.

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 What happens next?


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Once your payment is accepted, you will receive a welcome email with your login information and instructions to access the course.


Once you’ve logged in, you can begin working through the course material at your own pace.



Once you complete the  course, you will be able to enroll in more advanced courses at STAGES International.

Click the button below to sign up for $199 for the course only, or $399 with a Basic Assessment, and continue your journey through the STAGES Matrix.